Bell's Java Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Java StoutBell's Java Stout

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Java Stout uses a custom blend of coffee beans, roasted locally for us by Water Street Coffee Joint, to generate its intense flavor. Possessing an unmistakable aromatic punch, Java Stout has long been one of our most popular stouts.

Added by kbub6f on 12-11-2001

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of PaterMorse
2.74/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Interesting beer. Unfortunately, seems they worked too hard on the smell and left a one-note taste. I guess if you want a VERY COFFEE coffee stout, you may have found it; as for me, time to move on.

A: The more positive aspects of Bell's Double Cream (reviewed elsewhere, and notable for crimson/orange ring after head dissipates); but doesn't stay dark. Instead, looks like watery Coke (a downer for me).

S: Burned coffee grounds. Or, at times (sorry), a blackened hot dog burned weenie roast style (not a bad thing, just sayin'). Strong, noticeable aroma -- but one dimensional and overdone. It's like sticking your nose in a can of Folgers and campire ash.

T: Pretty big and bold. Not surprisngly, it's coffee, coffee, coffee (and burnt at that). Finish isn't as bitter as nose might suggest; and quite good after-taste.

M: Bit bulkier than Bell's Double Cream (which was too flimsy). Medium, leaning light.

O: Interesting. Glad I tried it, but not altogether enjoyable. An OK novelty beer but wouldn't order it off a good beer menu if I was out -- unless I was in a funky mood and craving a coffee stout.

Repeat? I wouldn't stock it as a staple; but I'd keep it as a novelty for coffee lovers and for that every-now-and-then unique experience.

Where? Fun to incorporate into beer sampling party or take to campfire

Two Words: Burnt Folgers

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Photo of BrockGibson31
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of buck1futter
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-typical stout, dark, light vanilla mocha head, doesn't stick around too long.

S-Nice layered coffee, strong roasted malt, very faint hops.

T- Coffee right up front, acidity from the coffee bites cheeks, leaves a nice roast aftertaste, leaves the mouth watery and wanting something to savior. getting coffee bitterness more so it seems than the hops. pretty tasty.

M-Creamy, very clean mild carbonation, very easy to drink. medium body.

0 A pretty good coffee stout, seeing as most coffee stouts are imperials it is nice to have a session able coffee stout that i could have in the morning as well. Recommended for coffee lovers.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Dirty25
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dtivp
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a half finger tan head that fades into a thin ring with very little lacing.

Aroma is dominated with roasted coffee and dark malt with a slight hint of citrus hops.

Taste followed the nose with dark roasted coffee, roasted malt and a very slight touch of vanilla.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning light body, light carbonation, carried a nice bitterness , however, it was just a little thin and watery.

Overall this was a nice stout strong with coffee, it would be much better if it wasn't so thin.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of acsprouse
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours black. Light carbonation

S: Coffee in the nose, slight chocolate under notes, bitter smell (coffee). Malty

T: coffee, coffee and more coffee, bitter, malty with chocolate

M: thinner than i expected. Crisper than expected.

Overall.. great coffee stout. For what it is. This is a B+ beer. It sticks true to being a coffee stout.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be a short review...

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with a minimal amount of lacing. Light carbonation rises around the sides

S: Coffee (duh), like stuck my nose in a Folger's jar, malts, bitter, dark chocolate,

T: Straight forward coffee, with chocolate taking the back seat, malty, hint of leather,

M: clean taste, thinner than I usually like, frothy, medium-bodied

O: Very fun to drink and not have to give all your attention to, too pricey for what it actually is, needs more body and complexity.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 3,256 ratings
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